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[News] Governments Hijacked Because of Microsoft Slopware, Microsoft Wants TPM Windows Lockin

  • Subject: [News] Governments Hijacked Because of Microsoft Slopware, Microsoft Wants TPM Windows Lockin
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:15:12 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Botnet 'ensnares government PCs' 

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| The Cabinet Office would not give details of what the compromised machines 
| had been instructed to do, nor the names of the different government 
| departments that had been infiltrated.  


Microsoft: Internet, PCs Need New Security Model


This stuff is scary


New security model 

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| The most successful security model would be to deny all Windows computers 
| connection to the Internet. There, all done. No more viruses, no more spam, 
| no more bot nets.  



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| I don't mind TPM as long as *I* get to control it. I'll even be willing to 
| *permit* it to participate in Microsoft's chain of trust, as long as I can 
| also use it to boot my own OS that *I* trust.  
| Prediction... As soon as new PCs come with TPM that trusts only Microsoft, 
| we'll see just how trustworthy that whole business/software model is. It'll 
| either get cracked, or the market will head in the other direction. It isn't 
| just Freedom-Heads here, it's also companies that want to control their own 
| images. Customer-controlled TPM is good for them as well as me. 
| Microsoft-controlled TPM is good only for Microsoft.     



IBM Brings Trusted Computing to Linux

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| The architecture involves the "Trusted Platform Module" (TPM) chip that 
| provides hardware storage of private keys, making it impossible for hackers 
| to spoof computer systems. Any attempts to hack into the system would change 
| the system code, which could be easily detected. By adding a new feature to 
| Linux, the research team has successfully performed security checks that go 
| above and beyond checking the first few steps in powering on the system, the 
| feature designed by TCG. The new solution validates the operating system 
| kernel and all application software running on the system.       


Trusted Computing


Cisco, Microsoft, Others Get Together On Security

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| Microsoft, Cisco Systems and the open-standards Trusted Computing 
| Group each developed their own NAC approaches, which use a variety 
| of software and hardware to boost network security.


Why Use Windows Vista?

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| Vista is all about 'premium content'. This is music or video
| that's copyrighted by one of the major music or movie companies.
| Basically, if any such content is being played, Vista goes into
| a sort of 'protected mode'.


Why the world needs openness, not interoperability.

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| This NAC/NAP lovefest would be laughable if it weren't such
| a kick-in-the-teeth to the rest of the industry, enterprise IT, and
| all Internet users. A Cisco/Microsoft oligopoly stalls implementation,
| stifles innovation, and makes the network less secure. In this way, Cisco
| and Microsoft are standing in the way of progress.


Trusted Or Treacherous Computing?

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| Microsoft describes how to revoke rights to render based on 'who the
| user is, where the user is located, what type of computing device or
| other playback device the user is using, what rendering application
| is calling the copy protection system, the date, the time, etc.' Som
| uch for Microsoft's you-should-have-control assurances.


  Message-ID:   <5c3pu4-j0v.ln1@xxxxxxxxxx>
  From:   "[H]omer" <spam@xxxxxxx>
  Newsgroups:   comp.os.linux.advocacy
  Subject:   [News] Bringing a truly trusted "Trusted Computing" to Linux
  Date:   Sat, 20 Oct 2007 11:54:28 +0100

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| Trusted Computing in the hands of administrators ... not Microsoft:
| The Future of Trusted Linux Computing
| .----
| | TC With User Freedom At Helm. The idea of TC in the Linux world is
| | actually a fairly reasonable one. Providing a root-locked, buttoned
| | down environment that system administrators will be able to control
| | the security of the controlled network and those workstations
| | within it.
| |
| | With the absence of proprietary code in the mix, users will indeed,
| | find themselves more inclined to trust their own administrators to
| | make the best choices under such a controlled environment.
| `----
| http://www.madpenguin.org/cms/?m=show&id=8045
| Related:
| Root-locked Linux for the masses
| .----
| | Eddie Bleasdale, open source evangelist and the man behind
| | NetProject [1], has a new plan. Secure, managed desktop computing:
| | Linux for the non-techies.
| |
| | At the heart of the Trusted Computing Project [2] is a £200 black
| | box, about the size of those funny little Mac boxes, running a
| | root-locked Ubuntu distribution. The user pays an annual fee of £50
| | for secure support from a proper Linux geek.
| `----
| http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/09/14/linux_box/
| Linux club helps firms hide from Microsoft
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| | Local authorities and companies who are interested in ditching
| | their proprietary software in favour of open source are being
| | encouraged to join a confidential scheme that aims to protect them
| | from the attentions of firms such as Microsoft.
| |
| | The initiative, called The Incubator Club, is said to be a response
| | to the tactics employed by some major software vendors against
| | firms and organisations who consider using Linux.
| |
| | According to Eddie Bleasdale of Netproject, an IT consultancy firm
| | that runs The Incubator Club, Microsoft has repeatedly tried to
| | stop potential Linux migrations -- sometimes with notable success.
| |
| | "Whenever we've gone public about a client moving to Linux,
| | Microsoft has come in and offered remarkable incentives for them to
| | stay as they are," Bleasdale told the Open Source in Local
| | Government conference in London on Tuesday.
| `----
| http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39146090,00.htm
| [1] http://www.netproject.com/online.html
| [2] http://www.trustedcomputing.org.uk/index.php
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